2017 Trans Am Super Duty Brings 1000 HP To New York

General Motors killed Pontiac nearly seven years ago but that hasn’t stopped Trans Am Worldwide from unveiling the Trans Am 455 Super Duty at the New York Auto Show.

Based on the Chevrolet Camaro, the 455 Super Duty has been given an extensive makeover so it echoes the Trans Am of yesteryear.

The styling changes aren’t simply cosmetic as the company has replaced the hood, fenders, fascias, deck lid, and rear spoiler with lighter carbon fiber components. Besides the carbon fiber upgrades, the Florida-based tuner installed a ground effects package, Trans Am-inspired graphics, and 20-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Rounding out the changes are lowering springs, a beefier anti-roll bar, and optional T-tops.

The cabin clearly echoes the Camaro but there are a number of unique touches to help differentiate the two models. Highlights include embroidered leather seats, a new shifter, and painted door panels. Drivers will also find special floor mats, “Trans Am 455 Super Duty” sill plates, and a revised instrument cluster.

Power is provided by an upgraded LT1 V8 engine which has been bored out to displace 7.4-liters. The company didn’t stop there as they added a 2.3-liter Magnuson supercharger, a cold air intake, ceramic coated headers, and an upgraded exhaust system. These changes enable it to produce 1,000 hp (1,013 PS) and 1,046 lb-ft (1,416 Nm) of torque.

Production will be limited to 50 units and sales are scheduled to kick off on May 1st.

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H/T to Motortrend

  • alexxx

    me like…

  • Dennis Scipio

    I wished they hadn’t gotten rid of the Pontiac brand, they could’ve made a Killer Trans-Am, but this is the closest were gonna get.. and it’s not bad.

    • T_Cake

      They MIGHT have made a killer Trans-Am. But just think of the potential Azteks, Sunfires, and Montana vans that we’ve been spared.

      • Big Black Duck

        well said…but death of pontiac is due to GM greed by killing off brands by just re-badging models and selling products with really low quality . Saturn could have easily been a Tesla competitor and Pontiac a Dodge fighter…at least we are spared the Aztek and Montana

      • eb110americana

        Except for, just before they went under in 2009, Pontiac got both the RWD, G8 (Commodore) and the Solstice roadster and targa coupe. GXP variants with turbos and V8s were appearing in everything they made. Pontiac was finally getting the product it needed instead of the random grab-bag stuff that GM brass had no idea what to do with, so it wound up in Pontiac’s showrooms. Cars like the Vibe, Torrent, G3, G5. Oh, and other than trucks (GMC), Pontiac was GM’s best selling brand after Chevrolet, outselling Saturn, Buick, and Cadillac *combined* over some periods. But it was too little, too late unfortunately.

  • Rick Alexander

    Nice. However, is this based on the new, lighter, better handling Camaro? Or is this Trans Am built on the older heavier platform?

    • john1168

      The C pillar says it all. It’s the new platform.

      • eb110americana


  • Mill0048

    That’s some killer torque!

  • Six_Tymes

    not bad at all. the black one looks pretty cool

  • john1168

    This is pretty cool looking.

  • SgtBeavis

    Mother of God, that is SICK! Do WANT!

  • Mark S

    Give me this body in a normal Camaro SS package please. I do not need or want 1000hp, 455hp would be sufficient. Wouldn’t this make a great Special Edition GM vehicle? Even put a Pontiac Badge on it. Think of it as a tuner/sub-brand like AMG. That also looks like a T-Top.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Kinda silly but better than that ugly Dodge.

  • Zandit75

    Well that’s one way to make the new Camaro actually look good!
    The blue colour is not doing it any favours, and the interior is overdone, but I’ll take one of the black ones thanks!!

  • nastinupe

    I would have just made the visual changes and kept the power the same and made more models for the public. Why only limit production to 1000 when you can possibly make 3000 a year? Camaros are a dime a dozen. You can find loaners out there at any auction.

    • Status

      Because with limited units they can keep the demand high longer. Selling 3000 units will kill the demand as they become more common.

      • nastinupe

        I disagree. I work in the pharmaceutical industry and we can follow a common model: generic drugs. This car is in a lot of ways like a generic. Generic manufacturers are able to create sales forecasts off of how the brand has done over the past decade. With this company they would be like a generic company, but with no brand anymore and no competition. If Pontiac sold 12,000 models per year they could easily do half of that to the same customers as long as the procepoint was similar. And how do they accomplish that? Order more of the same parts to reduce the cost of the production. You can’t do that by making limited amounts. Suppliers charge more per unit. Plus the more you sell the more return customers you generate.

  • antbee

    I’d love to have one of these! I’ve always liked the Trans Am, more than the Z28. This car is a thing of beauty, especially in black with the gold. But, I would order a dark green metallic one, if $ was on hand, and have the “Screaming Chicken” and other elements done in Silver, with some gold accents. T-Tops would be a must! I could do without the 1000HP, so I suppose I would have to order one of the company’s other Trans-Am conversions.
    I still wish I could have gotten the last model year Trans-Am, with the supercharged Corvette engine. There was a beautiful white one, in the local showroom, that just screamed my name. One day…

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